South Union Elementary School

4201 South Union
Des Moines, IA 50315
(School attendance zone shown in map)
Rank
1/
10
Bottom 50%
South Union Elementary School serves 494 students in grades Prekindergarten-5.
South Union Elementary School placed in the bottom 50% of all schools in Iowa for overall test scores (math proficiency is bottom 50%, and reading proficiency is bottom 50%) for the 2017-18 school year.
The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 46% (which is lower than the Iowa state average of 76%) for the 2017-18 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is 45% (which is lower than the Iowa state average of 74%) for the 2017-18 school year.
The student:teacher ratio of 13:1 is lower than the Iowa state level of 14:1.
Minority enrollment is 60% of the student body (majority Hispanic and Black), which is higher than the Iowa state average of 24% (majority Hispanic and Black).

Top Placements

South Union Elementary School places among the top 20% of public schools in Iowa for:

School Overview

South Union Elementary School's student population of 494 students has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
The teacher population of 37 teachers has declined by 5% over five school years.
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-5
Total Students494 students
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Total Classroom Teachers37 teachers
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School Comparison

South Union Elementary School is ranked within the bottom 50% of all 1,232 schools in Iowa (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2017-18 school year.
The diversity score of South Union Elementary School is 0.74, which is more than the diversity score at state average of 0.41. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2017-2018 School Year DataThis SchoolState Level (IA)
Overall Testing Rank
#1203 out of 1232 schools
(Bottom 50%)
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Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
46%
76%
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Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
45%
74%
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Student : Teacher Ratio13:114:1
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American Indian
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Asian
11%
3%
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Hispanic
26%
11%
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Black
17%
6%
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White
40%
76%
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Hawaiian
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Two or more races
6%
4%
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Diversity Score
0.740.41
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Eligible for Free Lunch
76%
33%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunch
12%
7%
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School Statewide TestingView Education Department Test Scores
School District NameDes Moines Independent Community School District
Source: 2017-2018 (latest school year available) NCES, IA Dept. of Education

Nearby Public Schools

The nearest high school, middle school and elementary school to South Union Elementary School is Orchard Place School (0.9 miles away)
Show me:
  • School (Math and Reading Proficiency) Location Miles Grades Students
  • Des Moines Jessie Franklin Taylor
    Grades: PK | 249 students
    0.8 miles
    1801 16th Street
    Des Moines, IA 50314
    (515) 242-8424
    0.8 PK 249
  • Des Moines Mitchell Early Childhood Center
    Grades: PK | 393 students
    0.8 miles
    111 Porter
    Des Moines, IA 50310
    (515) 242-8424
    0.8 PK 393
  • Des Moines Orchard Place School
    Grades: K-12 | 85 students
    0.9 miles
    5412 Sw 9th Street
    Des Moines, IA 50315
    (515) 287-9700
    0.9 K-12 85
  • Des Moines Park Ave Elementary School Math: 52% | Reading: 55%
    Rank
    1/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    Grades: PK-5 | 431 students
    0.9 miles
    3141 Sw 9th St
    Des Moines, IA 50315
    (515) 242-8429
    0.9 PK-5 431
  • Des Moines Lovejoy Elementary School Math: 40-44% | Reading: 40-44%
    Rank
    1/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    Grades: PK-5 | 394 students
    1.0 miles
    801 E Kenyon Ave
    Des Moines, IA 50315
    (515) 242-8419
    1 PK-5 394

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